Safety: 'I Need Him Getting The Whole Stadium Crunked'

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Ed Reed was looking forward to his first home game with the New York Jets, expecting to see Fireman Ed leading the MetLife Stadium crowd in loud “J-E-T-S!” chants against the Miami Dolphins.

“That guy with the hard hat on, is he still here?” the safety said Wednesday. “I need him getting the whole stadium crunked.”

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Well, one problem: The firefighter helmet-wearing fan named Ed Anzalone stepped away from his role as a famous cheerleader after increasing “confrontations” between him and other fans.

Anzalone’s last game as Fireman Ed came a year ago, the Jets’ 49-19 Thanksgiving loss to New England, which included Mark Sanchez’s now infamous “Butt Fumble.”

“He retired? I can’t believe it,” a smiling Reed said. “We need to bring him out of retirement.”

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Don’t hold your breath waiting for a comeback.

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